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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

jalopezp Re:Well... (127 comments)

The news is that London is getting them. Did you RTF title?

about three weeks ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

jalopezp Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

The fastest ever individual stage over 10km on the Tour de France was 33.90 MPH, set by Greg LeMond in 1989 during a 15.3 mile time trail from Versailles to Paris. His bike was a steel-frame Bottecchia with custom handlebars on a single 52x12 gear. LeMond himself was 28, in his top shape, and -- some say -- full of EPO. The roads were closed to normal city traffic. Now, no doubt you can sprint to more than that on a downhill and drafting behind a lorry, but it stands that "[n]obody does 30mph on a bicycle in a city, most certainly not weaving between anything. That would be suicidal and require fantastically exceptional fitness."

about 2 months ago
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Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

jalopezp Re:Ellsberg got a fair trial (519 comments)

I think most people who support Snowden don't think he's guilty as you do. You insist he commited a crime, and you claim that it is a fact. The facts, though, are that he revealed classified documents to the public, and not that he commited treason under the Espionage Act of 1917. Amongst the people who revealed classified documents and then were tried under the act, most (like Manning) were found guilty, but Ellsberg was not. Further, the supreme court has never discussed the constitutionality of prosecuting whistleblowers under this act. Legal precedent is mixed and Snowden's guilt is far from settled. I'm quoting the friggin summary here:

More importantly, the current state of whistleblowing prosecutions under the Espionage Act makes a truly fair trial wholly unavailable to an American who has exposed classified wrongdoing. Legal scholars have strongly argued that the US supreme court – which has never yet addressed the constitutionality of applying the Espionage Act to leaks to the American public – should find the use of it overbroad and unconstitutional in the absence of a public interest defense. The Espionage Act, as applied to whistleblowers, violates the First Amendment, is what they're saying.

about 5 months ago
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Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats

jalopezp Re:Autoimmune disorder... (350 comments)

RTFA: "... calls to emergency services across North America over the past few months." You literally just had to finish the first sentence.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

jalopezp Re:Translation (589 comments)

The bathroom truly is democratic.

about 6 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

jalopezp Re:citizenship is irrelevant (272 comments)

For one, it's spelled with a C instead of a K...

Yes, the letters. Also, in Kosovo there were years of attempted diplomatic solutions, a UN resolution, and several NATO warnings to de-escalate before any military intervention.

about 6 months ago
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You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

jalopezp Possible. (499 comments)

I agree, no one should claim that our diet is deficient in protein. But the idea that increasing the proportion of protein in our diet might help with appetite regulation does not sound outlandish.

about 6 months ago
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You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

jalopezp Re:"Enough protein" (499 comments)

The CDC recommends 56g of protein for adult males, and 46 for females. The British Nutrition Foundation's RNI is 0.75g per kilogram of body weight. Proteins in diet provide essential amino acids which cannot be synthesized by our organism. Most people get more than enough protein, but getting too little is very very bad. See also. Now show us what you've been reading.

about 6 months ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

jalopezp Re:diminished placebo effect (408 comments)

Why not? Placebos must deflinitely be cheaper than actual medicine. And on top of that, I don't think any research has yet shown that knowing you're taking a placebo diminishes the placebo effect.

about 7 months ago
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European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

jalopezp Re:Europe, here I come! (77 comments)

Denmar, Norway, Iceland, and Greece all have a state religion. Spain, Portugal and Ireland, though without a state religion, give legal privileges to the Catholic church (Finland has a similar relationship with the Lutheran Church of Finland and the Finnish Orthodox Church). The UK not only has a state religion, but the Head of State is also the Supreme Head of the Church of England. North of this line, the climate sucks. South of that line, trains don't run on time.

about 7 months ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

jalopezp Re:Won't work (342 comments)

Batch orders are seemingly a good idea. Several markets operate in an auction style batches, where each participant presents their schedule (a list of possible prices coupled with an amount to buy or sell for each price) and at set intervals a computer determines the price and quantity that clear the market. We have algorithms that do this in a utility-maximising way, but it is definitely more effort on the part of the traders. Electricity exchanges are the only ones I can think that use this method. APX, for example, does this for day-ahead UK power trading.

But you don't actually need auctions for this to work. You can use a similar public-outcry method (just like in the NYSE) but separated by breaks. The London Metal Exchange does this in its trading sessions. They are split up into 5 minute intervals, each of which can only be used to trade one particular metal. It's pretty cool to watch.

Both these markets are very liquid, so I doubt splitting up the trading day of even the busyest exchanges (NYSE, NASDAQ, LSE) would cause any perceivable damage to the market's fluidity.

about 7 months ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

jalopezp Re:Cynicism (148 comments)

It will result in some added accounting expense for the companies. Part of the idea is to integrate the fragmented telephony market into a single Europe-wide one.

about 7 months ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

jalopezp Re:Good, I guess (148 comments)

The point of net neutrality is that net traffic is treated as a commodity. If service providers can choose which packets to give preferene, they not only compete on price and speed, they also compete on the shape of their packet preferences. This means competition moves from a commodity model to a monopolistically competitive one, which is less efficient. Granted, a duopoly is much less efficient, so it may be a moot point, but net neutrality is overall good, no matter how many ISPs there are.

about 7 months ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

jalopezp Re:Cynicism (148 comments)

Option D : More likely, large mobile providers in the more populous countries of the EU will stop making supranormal profits from corporate customers who travel for work, a hundred small operators from smaller countries will go bankrupt, and most others will merge or be acquired by a larger firm.

I'm not trying to be funny. It's very easy to switch mobile operators, and there are a lot of mobile operators, which makes it very unlikely that they can collude on high prices. Most likely there will be an shift in the industry's organizational landscape from country-wide four- or five-firm oligopolies into a more integrated continent-wide model. The largest obstacle for this to happen is that while no roaming charges may apply yet, we still have higher prices for international calls within the EU. These would need to go if we want to see a single market in Europe for mobile telephony, and to be honest, it should have happened years ago. Perhaps with the elimination of roaming charges the largest emerging mobile operators, who now have nothing to lose, will push for a single market.

about 7 months ago
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Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

jalopezp Re:Over 30 years (160 comments)

Duh, it was always meant to be backwards compatible.

about 9 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

jalopezp Re:Spell it out the first time (279 comments)

He actually loves it. In fact, he was named after Linoleic Acid.

about 9 months ago
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Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

jalopezp Re:Well, at least they are honest (510 comments)

What do you mean allowed? Who is going to stop her?

about 9 months ago
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Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

jalopezp Re:Simple (255 comments)

I'm correcting myself here. You actually have to use open.mapquest.com to view the map with OSM data. It's still in beta, but it seemingly does not suck.

about 9 months ago
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Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

jalopezp Re:Simple (255 comments)

No it does not. OSM is a cartography portal, where you can map shit that's in the real world. You can't really do many useful things in openstreetmap.org but look at the map and edit it. If you want to use it like google maps, you'll have to either download the data and some software to interpret it for you, or use a third party service like mapquest. However, it sucks.

about 9 months ago

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